Christa Steele

Christa Steele

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Experienced CEO, Public and 

Private Company Board Director



Digital innovation and strong corporate governance have collided. 

Boardrooms  are tasked with re-thinking the board member profile and committee  structure in light of innovation and emerging transitional risks. 

I've spent the better part of  four years immersed in blockchain, artificial intelligence, cloud and  digital disruption initiatives. When I say immersed, I truly mean  immersed. I haven't just attended conferences and read books. I've rolled up my sleeves and gotten involved! 

With  seven years of for-profit public and private company board experience; Two successful business exits commanding premiums to market as a CEO and as Partner and Board Director; Four years of direct involvement in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology integration initiatives; Twenty years of leadership experience as CEO and other senior level positions; leading business transformation with direct P&L oversight; I have never seen change occur as fast as change is occurring today. 

This time in my life has forever changed how I think and how I problem solve for a pain point.

I understand these new technologies but I also appreciate the challenges  faced by management with regard to legacy systems and processes. Being  up to date and educated on these initiatives allow for thought provoking  and robust discussions in the boardroom and with management.

Scroll down to find my upcoming speaking engagements and enjoy my thoughts on these topics!


Wall Street Journal Interview


Corporate Boards Face Challenges in Overseeing AI 

"AI innovation requires the board to understand what to do to surveil risk inside the company." - Christa Steele

Private Company Director Magazine 2019 North America "Directors to Watch"


"There is no industry immune to disruption. Boardrooms and the C-suite  must assimilate to change and disrupt themselves before becoming  disrupted. This requires a pivot in mindset, away from just looking back  over the last 90 days, to looking ahead and around the corner. Only  then will you be able to establish the right KPIs and KRIs for your  boardroom." - Christa Steele


Board Experience

Director, Audit, Risk, Nom & Gov Committees Member, Recology;

Director, Audit Committee Member, OFG Bancorp (Symbol:   OFG);

Director, Compensation Committee Chair and Nom & Gov   Committee Member, Tanimura & Antle;

Director, NACD NorCal Chapter & Pacific Coast Banking   School, WA.;

Former Director, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation   Committee Member, SF Holdings;

Former Director, Audit and Nominating & Governance   Committee Member, FIG Partners LLC;

Former Inside Director, President & CEO, Mechanics   Bank (Symbol: MCHB)

Christa Steele is an experienced CEO and Director serving as a board member of public, private, ESOP and family-owned B2B and B2C companies across varying industry verticals. Board service has included six public and private company boards - including serving as Chair of Audit and Compensation committees to the financial services, insurance, wealth management, investment banking, transportation, equipment leasing, waste collection, food and agricultural industries operating in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands.

Partner Background and CEO Operating Background

Until recently, Steele was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment bank focused on M&A, Capital Markets, Fixed Income Asset Management, and IPO’s with ten locations across the United States. In April 2019, FIG Partners was acquired by Janney Montgomery Scott. 

Prior, Steele spent two decades in the financial services industry serving retail, wealth management and commercial clientele. Most notably, during her tenure, she became the youngest CEO in the U.S. to lead a $3.5 Billion asset size bank located in the Bay Area of CA. As former CEO of a company with direct P&L oversight of a company with $500 million in market cap, Steele led a significant financial turnaround in a highly regulated industry that included: the onset of a complete technology overhaul to bring 110-year company current through streamlined operations, reducing its risk profile, adding new and divesting from business lines, and enhancing client engagement; resulting in core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the banks’ value in less than two years, and successfully led its sale for a premium in 2015. 

Nationally Recognized Speaker & Thought Leader

Steele is an authority figure on blockchain, artificial intelligence, the IoT, and digital disruption to the boardroom. She is nationally recognized as a speaker and thought leader by the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, Directors Forum, Institute of Internal Auditors and is often interviewed by news outlets such as WSJ and Financial Times. A sample of recent speaking engagements include Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Financial Times Agenda Webcast, The WSJ Artificial Intelligence Pro Conference, and NACD Artificial Intelligence and NACD Blockchain Webinar. 

Expertise & Recognition

Seven years of for-profit public and private company board experience; Two successful business exits commanding premiums to market as a CEO and as Partner and Board Director; Four years of direct involvement in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology integration initiatives; Twenty years of leadership experience as CEO and other senior level positions; leading business transformation with direct P&L oversight.

Specific areas of expertise include but not limited to: emerging technologies, software integration, risk, audit and compliance oversight, executive compensation, shareholder and institutional investor engagement, regulatory, corporate strategy, leadership succession, top line growth, expansion and retraction, M&A, expense control, turnaround.

Steele was recognized by Private Company Director Magazine in October 2019 as a North America 2019 "Director to Watch" and received previous recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as "Most Influential Leader in Bay Area Business" and by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement. 

Steele qualifies as a financial expert, is an adjunct faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Board Advisory Services Group and Board Leadership Fellow, holds an MBA from University of Southern CA (USC) and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento (CSUS).


Steele Blog

Join me in conversation at an event in 2020!

Building the internet



The future of the internet fueled by       blockchain technology

CES 2020

Las Vegas Convention Center

January 7, 2020

Las Vegas, NV

Demystifying AI



Bridge the gap between the promise of Artificial Intelligence and utilization at your company.

NACD & Armanino LLP

Nasdaq Center

January 16, 2020

San Francisco, CA

Board of the Future


Challenges faced by corporate directors in the new digital age and the changing trends of boardroom dynamics.

Corporate Directors Forum

Omni Hotel

January 17, 2020

San Diego, CA

Board Oversight Under the Microscope


Board oversight shifts and what directors should be thinking about as board responsibilities expand

Financial Times

Agenda Education

January 24, 2020


The Audit Committee & Risk Oversight


Discussing the misalignments of perceived risks between the C-Suite, CAE, CEO and the Boardroom

NACD Texas TriCities

Jr. League of Houston

February  14, 2020

Houston, TX

Wall Street Journal Pro's AI Executive Forum 2020


Developing the Right Artificial Intelligence Governance

Wall Street Journal

Conrad Hotel

March 31, 2020

New York, NY

Leadership Keynote


Lessons in leadership and governance

University of Tennessee

Neel Corporate Governance Center

  August 28, 2020  

Knoxville, TN 

Digital Transformation on the Board Agenda

Blockchain and its place in the new digital world

NACD Northern California Chapter and PwC recently partnered to present a blockchain webcast - " What boards need to know about blockchain".

Presenters:  Christa Steele and Manoj Kashyap

Risks in Review - A wide disconnect among organizational stakeholders...

Tone at the Top: Boards Look to Harness  Blockchain Disruption.

Why management and boards need to consider blockchain in overall digital strategy.

Risk & Opportunity a Board Primer on Blockchain

Four-part blockchain information series

Contact Information

San Francisco, California 94104, United States

E-mail christa steele